While all the Polish troops in Second World War were known for their bravery and tenacity, few embody those qualities as much as General Stanisław Maczek.
Stanisław Maczek was born on 31.3.1892 near Lviv. Ever since his studies, he was active in various patriotic circles but his career plans were interrupted by the onset of the Great War. Maczek fought against the Russians and on the Italian front and after the end of hostilities, he joined the nascent Polish army.
During the war against Russia he has repeatedly shown talent for the command of mobile groups, gaining a reputation as a caring, brave commander between 1920 and 1938 when he received the command of the 10th Cavalry Brigade, an armor unit that would later become famous as the “Black Brigade”.